Md. legislative session overshadowed by election year politics

Maryland lawmakers will return to Annapolis on Wednesday primed for debates on raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana and dozens of other divisive issues. But in an election year in which most of them are also candidates, politics is already overshadowing much of the policy, and any legislation that passes during the 90-day session could be less memorable than who gets credit for leading the fight. (Wash. Post)

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Long-serving Maryland Senate president says he supports legalization of marijuana

The move to legalize marijuana in Maryland has a powerful ally: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Miller (D-Calvert), who has presided over his chamber for more than a quarter century, said in an interview Friday that he would support legislation allowing the regulated sale of marijuana, similar to what is now taking place in Colorado. (Wash. Post)

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Md. attorney general candidates coming to Annapolis this week with full agendas

When Maryland lawmakers return to Annapolis this week, the senator and three delegates who are running for attorney general are poised to be among the busiest. Sen. Brian E. Frosh (Montgomery) and Dels. Aisha N. Braveboy (Prince George’s), Jon S. Cardin (Baltimore County) and C. William Frick (Montgomery) — all Democrats — will each be starting the election-year session with a full legislative agenda. (Wash. Post)

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With Towson’s football defeat, O’Malley winds up on losing side of bet with N.D. governor

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will not be getting the low-carb pasta. O’Malley (D) wound up on the losing side Saturday of a friendly wager with North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) over the outcome of the college Football Championship Subdivision title game. (Wash. Post)

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General Assembly to wrestle with pit bulls 

Legislators will return to Annapolis this week hoping the third time is the charm for passage of a breed-neutral law on dog-attack liability. Legislation pre-filed for the session that begins Wednesday represents the latest attempt by legislators to resolve the controversy that arose from a 2012 Court of Appeals decision of a case in which a Towson boy was mauled by a pit bull. (Daily Record)

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After 12 years, delegate from south Anne Arundel retiring

For his final General Assembly session, Bob Costa is getting back to basics. The only delegate from south Anne Arundel County, the Republican from Deale has been busy drafting legislation on everything from health care to hunting. “The (wild) turkeys are everywhere around here,” Costa said, looking out of his window. “It’s time to do something about that.” On Friday, Costa announced he will retire after three terms in the General Assembly. (Capital)

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Free speech or sleazy politics? More on campaign fundraising

In Maryland, timing is everything when it comes to campaign fundraising. The state's elected officials cannot take your money in the form of a campaign contribution while they make laws in the 90-day General Assembly session. But is that constitutional? (WTOP)

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Jennie Forehand will not run in 2014

One of the Maryland General Assembly’s longest-serving members, Sen. Jennie M. Forehand, said this year will be her last as a lawmaker. After 36 years as a lawmaker, Forehand (D-Dist. 17) will not run for re-election in 2014. “I really have gotten so many really good things done and I really felt like maybe it was time,” she said Friday morning. (Gazette)

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